Monthly Archives: March 2007

28 03, 2007

Chat with DAVID KLASS Wednesday, 3/28, 9PM EST

By | 2007-03-28T12:00:00+00:00 March 28th, 2007|Inklings|0 Comments

Please join us for an ALAN Online BookChat with David Klass, author of FIRESTORM, YOU DON’T KNOW ME, and others Date: 3/28/07 Time: 9:00 PM Eastern URL: http://alan-ya.org/bookchat/flashchat.php Here's more about FIRESTORM: “His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have

26 03, 2007

Dear Genius(es)

By | 2007-03-26T23:56:00+00:00 March 26th, 2007|Inklings|5 Comments

Tonight, I finished reading the letters of legendary editor Ursula Nordstrom.  Probably, I'm the last to read this book, because I've heard how amazing it is for years.  It amazed me anyway.  As a reader, as a scholar, as a reviewer, and as a writer, I learned so much about the evolution of children's publishing in the US and the

22 03, 2007

Write Watchers

By | 2007-03-22T23:39:00+00:00 March 22nd, 2007|Inklings|5 Comments

I spent much of the day revising the first fitfy of my barnstorming novel.  When I was finished, sixteen pages of fat had been trimmed. I love revision.  It's the easiest way I know to lose weight.

20 03, 2007

Discuss FIRESTORM by David Klass.

By | 2007-03-20T14:07:00+00:00 March 20th, 2007|Inklings|0 Comments

Please join us for an ALAN Online BookChat to discuss FIRESTORM by David Klass. Date: 3/21/07Time: 9:00 PM EasternURL: http://alan-ya.org/bookchat/flashchat.php Here's more about FIRESTORM: “His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and nothing would have changed. He'd just

20 03, 2007

Spaghetti Marketing and Kool-Aid

By | 2007-03-20T11:43:00+00:00 March 20th, 2007|Inklings|3 Comments

As my friends know, I've spent much of the past two years--but especially the past six months--lamenting the sudden shift of focus in marketing children's literature.  Gone are the days when a children's book was given time to find its audience, a time frame that can be several years since most children's books are *still* sold through schools and libraries. 

16 03, 2007

Taco Deconstruction

By | 2007-03-16T19:31:00+00:00 March 16th, 2007|Inklings|0 Comments

A follow-up on the Poll I posted earlier:  I've taken the advice y'all were kind enough to give, with a twist.  A kind soul suggested an exercise for deconstructing the plot structure, a long and sometimes tedious process that was enlightening, to say the least.  I've done a thorough pass based on that, and now I'll set aside the manuscript

15 03, 2007

Needs and Wants

By | 2007-03-15T08:08:00+00:00 March 15th, 2007|Inklings|0 Comments

I ran out of needs for this meme and had to switch to wants.  Apparently, thunderchikin is not a common first name.  Who knew? 1. That is the kind of performance the thunderchikin needs to have  (va-room!)2. thunderchikin needs a function which will return Nextword to a calling sub (um, okay) 3. thunderchikin needs a button to say "strip" (

10 03, 2007

Meme 123

By | 2007-03-10T00:22:00+00:00 March 10th, 2007|Inklings|2 Comments

Here's my p. 123 Meme:    "I simply didn't think," she said, "you were stupid enough to drive off of the side of a mountain."    I crossed my arms and stared at her earlobe hard enough to give it a second piercing. "It worked, didn't it?"